This seems to be a bit of a foodie week on the blog, with my second recipe book review in a row. It wasn’t intended but a result of my desperately looking for new things to eat as my diet can be a little bit boring at times.
Unfortunately for me, there weren’t a lot of recipes outside of the soups, salads and breakfast I can eat as a veggie who occasionally eats fish when she’s run down. There are some, like the Red Curried Butter, Mushrooms and Spinach on the cover, but not as many as I might have liked.
As a vegetarian I am always looking for new recipe books that let me cook tasty meals that appeal not only to me but to the non-veggies in my life (aka my husband and daughter). They are quite will to go non-meat for a meal or more but they need it to be substantial enough for them to feel like they aren’t just eating sides.
I haven’t come across the Happy Pear recipe books before (Recipes for Happiness is the third) but I have to say I’m a convert and so is my family. It is chock full of recipes that don’t just feel like an add on to a main course.
Bye-bye January, hello February and – hopefully – warmer weather and longer days. I long to see the sun after five in the evening! For the first time in a while, I feel like saying a month didn’t fly by. It was nice. With school starting late after the holidays and a bit of a leisurely start to the month as a result, it hasn’t felt rushed for once. Reading wise, it was pretty good too, with some great books (clicking on the links will take you to the reviews)…
The first thing I want to say about Herbs is how gorgeous it is – even as an ebook. From the cover through the photos that are generously shared throughout the book – each one makes me want to grow herbs and then eat the food made with them.
To be fair, Hann was pushing on a bit of an open door as I have been trying for the last few years to do just what she is looking to help me achieve – a herb garden, one that I can use year round and comes back year on year.
So far, I haven’t been very successful, and my herb garden (now that the summer is over) consists of one surviving plant – sage (which seems to still be going strong). That doesn’t meant that what I planted didn’t grow well this summer, they did, they just didn’t hang around. Reading Herbs, it looks like I’ve made a few rooky mistakes there (choice of soil being the biggest one), but there isn’t anything I can’t fix next year and nothing scary.
Morning all and welcome to another Sunday – I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine was good, pretty relaxing. And the sun shone, which was nice to see, even when the days were cold. I’ve been trying to winterise the garden – taking advantage of the lack of rain – and am pretty much done. I have maybe a day left so keep your fingers crossed for me that my luck continues!
Other than that, there hasn’t been much going on, which feels kind of nice. I got a fair bit of reading done, stuck to my plan to not pick up any new books this week (avoiding NetGalley like the plague), and caught up a little on the reviews I was behind on. I should be completely caught up by the end of next week if I can keep the reading rate up but we’ll see.
This meant last week I got three reviews posted…
It was nice to have three so different books as well. Lie to Me by J. T. Ellison is a psychological thriller, so right up my usual reading street. It was a good read, keeping me guessing right to the end as to just what was happening. It had a bit of a sense of humour too, which you don’t normally find in this type of book, and I liked that.
The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt is a cookbook (probably obvious but I like to be clear), one that shows you how to make meatless meat with meat if needed to meet the needs of a variety of tastes. It worked well in my house where I’m the sole veggie. I made two recipes from it, one of which I can safely say was one of the best soups I have ever eaten – making the book a winner for me!
Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir is the first of four books looking at the Queens of England / Britain. This one focuses on medieval queens – a lot of whom (all?) seem to be called Matilda. I found the fact that so many of them had the same name but other than that really enjoyed this book, which was well research, well written, and shed light on a group of women I knew very little about but whose actions helped shape my country.
And that’s it for me this week. How about you – how was your week, reading and otherwise? Let me know, I’m nosey!
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I’ve been a vegetarian for a long time – since I was 12, so over 30 years. My husband, though, and my daughter (who is seven), are confirmed meat eaters. As we all love cooking, we have had to figure out a way to all eat well – things that are healthy, tasty, and (at least during the week) easy. Given their need for meat, and my non-need, it’s sometimes a challenge.
The current compromise is that we alternate – we have a non-meat meal, then a meal that includes meat but I take the meat out; sometimes that results in me eating plain pasta or a plate of veggies. They aren’t very exciting. Even my husband will admit the veggie meals are usually tastier and different from the norm – but there is no meat, and he misses that after a few days.